Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
·Firefighters monitored the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn, east of Red Feather Lakes, today (6/24). Minimal smoke is visible. The area has received light precipitation with more expected tonight. Firefighters will continue to patrol. Mount Margaret will be reopening.
Firefighters on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring conditions to begin prescribed fire operations on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn this spring to improve forest health. The wildfires of 2020 are a somber reminder of the importance of proactive fuels management and forest restoration.
This burn is located east and southeast of Red Feather Lakes. Burning operations this spring could include two units totaling 1,046 acres, located north of County Road 74E. Work has already taken place in the area to prepare for ignitions, including tree cutting around the perimeter. Aerial operations, including a drone, could be used during implementation.
Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day. Currently, snow will need to melt and fine fuels will need to dry some before burning could begin.
Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke when operations are taking place. Temporary closures of the Mount Margaret Trail should be expected. Smoke may also impact those using the Dowdy Lake and West Lake campgrounds and day-use areas.
For those interested in hearing more about this project, a virtual public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 20, 2021, with fire managers providing an overview of the project and time to answer questions.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Incident Description||Areas targeted for spring 2021 are located north of County Road 74E.|
|Coordinates||40.764 latitude, -105.542 longitude|
Implementation on a portion of this burn could take place in Spring 2021.
6,329 acres is for the entire project area. Typically firefighters burn in smaller units within this entire project area.